Morphine is a narcotic obtained from opium; doctors prescribe this powerful drug to relieve moderate to severe pain. It is a controlled substance because it has significant potential for both psychological and physical dependence and abuse. People often abuse morphine because of its euphoric and calming effects on the body, but users can become addicted to this substance quite quickly. If you are aged 25-40 and abuse this strong substance, seek professional help to recover.
Morphine addiction is a serious problem among adults. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, between 2004 and 2008 visits to the emergency room increased 96 percent for morphine users over 21. In another report SAMHSA indicated that in 2010 there were more current users of illicit drugs aged 26 or older (12.8 million) than users aged 12 to 25 (9.8 million). Many of those users abused morphine.
Signs of morphine addiction include the following problems:
If you or someone you love shows these signs, seek help immediately. Morphine is a serious problem that requires serious attention.
Morphine addiction treatment begins with detox, which involves tapering morphine usage until there is no more in the body. After detox, you will undergo either inpatient or outpatient therapy, or a combination of both. You can choose among several treatment options, but most treatment facilities offer 30, 60 and 90 day treatment plans. Many offer even longer programs, even up to 12 months of treatment. The length of treatment is determined in part by the depth of your addiction and also by the support you have. Whatever gives you the best chance of recovery will determine your treatment.
During treatment, you will identify and break the habits you developed as an addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues that triggered the addiction. This will happen in group therapy and/or individual counseling. You will likely be encouraged to find healthy ways of dealing with stress and life’s struggles, such as through journaling, physical activity and conflict resolution. You will also develop skills to live without drugs.
The first step in treating morphine addiction is admitting that you need help. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime to talk about treatment options. Morphine addiction recovery is a lifelong process, but you can begin that journey today by calling us right now.